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Answers for Pilots: Flying south to Mexico?

Article | Mar 01, 2012

Many pilots have discovered the beauty and charm of Mexico and now it's easier than ever to fly there. The requirement for private aircraft to be equipped with 406 MHz ELTs has been extended. Pilots with aircraft used exclusively for private flights now have until June 30, 2013, to replace their 121.5-MHz ELT with a 406-MHz model or until their existing 121.5-MHz ELT needs to be replaced, whichever comes first. More good news: we've received a letter of clarification on insurance requirements that may save pilots hundreds of dollars when planning to fly in Mexico. The letter spells out once and for all what the insurance needs are for private aircraft flying to Mexico.

Member Guide

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2012

About 8 percent of men and one-half percent of women in the United States have problems with color perception. Whether caused by genetics, injury, or disease, color blindness is challenging to live with and presents special hurdles for pilots. The medical standards in FAR Part 67 specify that applicants for all classes of medical certification must have "the ability to perceive those colors necessary for the safe performance of airman duties." Every visit to an AME for renewal of an airman medical certificate involves taking a color vision test. Technically known as a pseudoisochromatic color plate test, it's the one with the pages of different-colored dots.

Flight school victimized by renter's smuggling arrest

Article | Feb 02, 2012

A southern California flight school owner faces the loss of his two-year-old business, along with the Cessna 172 he rented to a well-known customer. The Jan. 20 seizure of N5283E and arrest of Lino Rodriguez-Chavez by border patrol agents marked the fourth arrest and seizure of a light aircraft involved in the smuggling of people, rather than drugs, since 2010.

FAA proposes cross-border airway extensions

Advocacy | Jan 10, 2012

The FAA has proposed taking two Victor airways south of the border to facilitate general aviation crossings into Mexican airspace.

GA Serves America: Above the spill

Article | Nov 01, 2010

Scattered clouds explode like popcorn in the humid dawn air above the Gulf of Mexico. Pilot Gary G.

Answers for Pilots: Flying to Mexico

Article | Oct 01, 2010

Birds are pretty smart when it comes to flying where the weather is nice. As they head south this fall, you may want to follow them and enjoy the lingering warmth of Mexico and the Baja Peninsula. If you are going to attend AOPA Aviation Summit, Nov. 11 – 13 in Long Beach, Calif., consider joining the Fly-out to Baja and beyond, offered through Caribbean Sky Tours, which departs Long Beach on Sunday, Nov. 14 and returns to Calexico, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 19. Aircraft will stop in Loreto, Cabo San Lucas, and Alamos. Information about the fly-out is online.

'AOPA Pilot' Online

Article | Oct 01, 2010

The Air Up There Mike Collins loaded up his camera and his notebooks to tackle a tough assignment in the New Mexico desert. He’d have to rise before the sun, look to the skies all day, and maybe even share a glass of mandatory champagne—when you cover the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, it’s a tough gig.

Pilots: Mayte Greco

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2010

We were cruising in Mayte Greco’s Cessna 340 twin just above the Gulf of Mexico, flying the same search pattern she used to spot Cuban refugees trying to get to Florida. Flying a straight line, you look out the left window two wingspans away at the ocean, scan across the windscreen, and end up at the right window.

Pilot Products: Seen at Sun 'n Fun

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2010

Sun ’n Fun is the year’s first major airshow, and it allows pilots and aviation enthusiasts to see, touch, and experience the latest and greatest products manufacturers have been working on over the winter. This year the focus was again on new airplanes, instrument panels, and the like, but there were a few new and fun products throughout the hangars that should appeal to most pilots and aircraft owners.

Answers for Pilots: Flying to Mexico

Article | Nov 01, 2009

As the weather cools down over much of the United States, southern destinations take on a lot of appeal for pilots. AOPA receives numerous calls this time of year about flying to Mexico. Many pilots are confused about the complexities of border-crossing procedures - and questions about eAPIS continue. Nevertheless, if the beaches of the beautiful Mexican resorts or some of the other Mexican attractions call you south, go ahead and give in to your dreams - just be sure to do a thorough trip preparation first. Here is a summary of what you need to know.